UPDATE: 3/15/19 5:40PM– As Theodore-Dawes Volunteer Firefighters were busy battling Thursday’s fire in Tillman’s Corner, police say a man was stealing from the department.
32-year old Jeramy Bexley is accused of breaking into the department’s station on Three Notch-Kroner Road and stealing a brush fire truck.
Firefighters tell News 5 they got a page notifying them that their truck was missing. So they tracked its GPS device and noticed it was at a convenience store off Interstate 10. “I came up to the Circle K on Theodore Dawes and I-10 and I saw our truck which didn’t really look like our truck,” said Firefighter Jarvis Lewis.
The truck originally had clean logos and an emergency light on top. But now, it’s all scraped up with what they believe was a razor used to scrape its logos off.
Lewis says he confronted Bexley when he pulled up to Circle K.“I pulled behind him and I asked, ‘hey man where did you get the truck from?’ And he said told us that he bought it from someone.”
That’s when firefighters and police say he ran off. The firefighters eventually caught him as he hid under a trailer and held him until police arrived.
Along with a scratched up paint job, he’s accused of cutting the emergency light or “light bar” off the top, cutting its water hose and its radio cords.
“It’s just really careless on his part. He was only thinking about himself and not the community which is what we do, this is why we’re here,” said Jarvis.
The department says its a toss up how often they use its brush trucks. It could be once every few weeks or several times a week. The trucks allow them to fight fires in hard to reach areas, unlike the larger trucks.
Court documents show Bexley was arrested last June and charged with receiving stolen property. In that case, he was arrested on Old Pascagoula Road with a stolen 1998 Ford F-150.
For this latest case involving the fire department truck, Mobile Police charged him with theft of property, burglary, illegal possession of prescription drugs and use of drug paraphernalia.
The fire department says Bexley did about 20-thousand dollars of total damage to the truck and equipment.
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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — As firefighters were battling a house fire in Tillman’s Corner Thursday morning, someone broke into the Theodore/Dawes Volunteer Fire Department’s Station 3 on Three Notch-Kroner Road. A brush truck was stolen.
When it was recovered, the truck was stripped of its parts.
Jeramy Bexley was arrested for the crime. He’s charged with theft of property, burglary, and several drug charges.
The Theodore/Dawes Volunteer Fire Department says because of the condition it was found in, the brush truck will be out of service for a few weeks.